Cottage

Before Cabin Crafts, Hofmann, Morgan Jones, or Bates  started mass producing Chenille Bedspreads, thousands were being hand made in homes or spreadhouses in North Georgia.  This was a cottage industry so these spreads are now referred to as “Cottage” spreads.

If you’ve read our history page, then you know that Catherine Evans started this cottage industry which evolved to a means for the people of North Georgia to keep food on the table during the lean years of the Great Depression.  One of the most popular designs on these spreads was that of a peacock.  As these spreads were displayed along Highway 41 in Dalton, GA, that stretch of road became known as “Peacock Alley”.

Cottage chenille bedspreads are not going to have a tag on them like a mass produced one so it’s not always easy to distinguish a cottage spread from a mass produced one that has the tag ripped off.  However, a tell-tale sign of a cottage spread is that it looks homemade.  The patterns may not be as evenly stitched as they would on a manufactured spread.

Beautiful examples of cottage chenille right now on eBay:

Vtg 75x102 Twin Full Cotton Chenille Bedspread Cottage White w/ Pastel Florals

$36.00 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Shabby Chic Cottage Pink Purple White Flowers Chenille Bedspread 89"x98"

$47.99
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VINTAGE SATIN DREAMY CHENILLE BEDSPREAD WHITE COTTAGE CHIC SHABBY BEDROOM

$119.00
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Vtg chenille bedspread fluffy yellow lattice fringe SHABBY COTTAGE CHIC 103x80

$49.95
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Chenille Bedspread Green White Vtg Farmhouse Cottage Shabby Chic 70"x102" Twin

$34.95
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Vtg chenille bedspread blue rose pom pom fringe SHABBY COTTAGE CHIC 117X80"

$64.95
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Vintage Chenille Bedspread Cottage Chic Ivory Large Rose Pom Pom Fringe

$44.00
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